Politics of Disaster Response and Reconstruction: The Case of Nepal

Rajju Malla-Dhakal, Executive Director of South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Katmandu, Nepal

Tue, 03/01/2016
438 Robertson Hall
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Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff


A distinguished leader and activist in Nepal shares her perspectives on the political developments, including developments associated with Napal’s new Constitution, in the aftermath of Nepal’s recent devastating earthquake.  Ms. Malla-Dhakal’s impressive career has focused on poverty reduction most notably by creating opportunities for and building the capability of women to contribute valuable human capital.

Rajju Malla-Dhakal is the Executive Director of South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS), a think tank organization committed to research and development in the area of inclusive pro-poor development in South Asia. Her past work as development practitioner focused on poverty reduction through public policy reform, institutional capacity building and good governance with special emphasis on social inclusion and gender in Nepal and South Asia. 

An enthusiast in quality human capital development for poverty reduction, Rajju is one of the founding members/board of director of NAMI (Naya Aayam Multi-Disciplinary Institute), an institution that strives to bring world class education to Nepal with especial emphasis on women’s capacity development. Her seminal work in this area began when she was heading Australian Aid Program in Nepal from 2001 to 2005, and promoted Nepali women’s access to higher education in Australia through scholarships.  

Rajju is a founding member of the Mahila Shahayatra (women’s journey together), a financial institutions (established by 100 women of diverse background, education and ethnicity) that aims to improve vulnerable women’s access to credit to curb exploitation of poor rural young women by entertainment industries. She serves is a member of High Level Committee to oversee implementation of Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA)/MoFA (July 2013 – Present) and Advisory Board, Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA). She is a visiting faculty of Peace Conflict and Development Studies (Master of Arts) at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.

Building on her extensive work with the non-governmental organizations and bilateral donors, has headed various research studies and colluded with like-minded organizations to study different dimensions of role of women in conflict and peace, politics, and natural disasters including gender based violence in elections. She has many research reports on gender and social inclusion to her credit including a monograph on gender issues in the 2013 national election. She also writes columns regularly on politics, governance, gender and development.

Rajju holds two master's degrees, and was a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University in 2006.

Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and Program in Law and Public Affairs